Dr. Dave Whitaker | Mark 14:43-52
We cannot have intimacy without vulnerability and commitment. Many of us struggle with intimacy because in that vulnerability and commitment, we were betrayed. We've experienced the kiss of death. Judas' act of love and affection was intended to hurt and betray for his own selfish ambition.
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These questions are provided for your further study and application of this message. It is helpful to discuss your answers with others such as your Community Group, family, friends or an accountability partner.
- What is your take away from this message?
- Why is the crowd armed (v. 48)? What does this tell you about what Judas misunderstood about Jesus' mission? His kingdom?
- How do you think Judas turned from a disciple to a betrayer? What hints are found in these passages (Matthew 26:6-16; Mark 14:3-11; Luke 22:1-6; John 12:1-8; 13:1-4, 21-30)? What can you learn from his story?
- How do you account for the disciples' reactions?
- Considering the warning of Jesus (vv. 27-31), what do you think happened to the disciples' "bravado" and good intentions? Why do your good intentions end up going like the disciples?
- How did Jesus seek to help them in facing their upcoming trial (see also vv. 32-42)?
- In times of crisis, how do you respond: like the impulsive disciples? Like Judas? Like the streaking disciple?
- Write out a prayer in response to what the Lord has taught you through this study and what steps in response He might want you to take.